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    yes my commuter bike and touring bike both have...

    yes my commuter bike and touring bike both have fenders. Sometimes I would like to not use them but they work so well for what they're designed for if you ride in wet weather at all.
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    No, I don't wear armor when I am commuting to...

    No, I don't wear armor when I am commuting to work and I have never seen anyone else wear armor. If I had to wear all that stuff, it would take the fun out of commuting. Wear a helmet, uses signals...
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    A year ago I bought my nephew a Gravity Liberty...

    A year ago I bought my nephew a Gravity Liberty flatbar with disc brakes. It is a very nice bike for general riding. It does require some set up. I have not compared the specs but the Liberty is...
  4. Here is my 1980 voyageur 11.8. True, it lacks...

    Here is my 1980 voyageur 11.8. True, it lacks braze ons and cantilever bosses and other features commonly included on touring bikes (it does, however, have fender, rack eyelets front and back) but...
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    Here's a reasonably priced alternative. You can...

    Here's a reasonably priced alternative. You can use this as a mummy bag or quilt. Probably only warm enough for summer touring.


    REI Travel Down Sleeping Bag - REI.com
  6. Here is an inexpensive 6 speed indexed thumb...

    Here is an inexpensive 6 speed indexed thumb shifter. My wife has an older Mixte as well and this is the shifter that I put on her bike. It works well enough.

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  7. That's an interesting way to wrap bar tape. I'll...

    That's an interesting way to wrap bar tape. I'll have to give it a try. Securing the ends hidden under the hoods also eliminates the tricky job of mitering the end cut which I am not good at doing.
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    If you are unsure what components to buy, a good...

    If you are unsure what components to buy, a good starting point is to go to Surly's website and see what parts are spec'ed for complete LHT build and then purchase the same or similar.
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    I always feel a little anxious before my first...

    I always feel a little anxious before my first "snow" ride of the winter because of the real or imagined perils involved, etc. But after I get out and ride in snow, cold, slop, etc. the first time...
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    1 degree F on my ride in to work this morning. ...

    1 degree F on my ride in to work this morning. Wool socks, tights, hiking pants, wool sweater, vest, cycling jacket, scarf, hat, balaclava, wool glove liners, lobster mitts, shoe covers, protective...
  11. I have a Lezyne, Topeak Joe Blow, and Blackburn...

    I have a Lezyne, Topeak Joe Blow, and Blackburn pump. The Lezyne is super high quality and beautifully designed but pricey-good warranty as well- Lezyne has sent me a new pressure guage and head. ...
  12. I was not advocating anything willy nilly. If...

    I was not advocating anything willy nilly. If you loosen or tighten nipples by the same amount on both the drive as well as non-drive the dish should not be affected. Of course, you may still want...
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    Look at axiom racks. Axiom makes a specific rack...

    Look at axiom racks. Axiom makes a specific rack that mounts further to the rear for your specific issue. Tubus, although more expensive, makes a rack that mounts further back as well.
  14. Click on "Routes/ Maps" then on "Additional...

    Click on "Routes/ Maps" then on "Additional Resources." "Blue Water Bridge - Port Huron: Riders and bicyclists will be transported at the convenience of the Authority. Phone: 810-984-3131."
  15. League of Michigan Bicyclists Home Page...

    League of Michigan Bicyclists Home Page This is a link for the League of Michigan Bicyclists. You might find your answer here or you could contact them about bike transportation across the bridge.
  16. Why don't you go around the wheel and loosen each...

    Why don't you go around the wheel and loosen each nipple a quarter of a turn and take a new reading. Do this until you acheive the desired 110 - 120 kg reading on the driveside. Or take it to your...
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    I have commuted my twelve mile round trip...

    I have commuted my twelve mile round trip everyday regardless of temperature for the past ten years. The coldest I have experienced is probably -10F. I believe in wool and wear a lot of it. My...
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    I have three pairs of the Smartwool crew sock in...

    I have three pairs of the Smartwool crew sock in medium weight and they work great for cycling in the winter. I got medium weight because I thought they would be warmer then the light weight but not...
  19. I commute year round here in Ohio, rain, snow,...

    I commute year round here in Ohio, rain, snow, sleet, etc. I am committed but we do not get the rain that the PNW gets. Generally, I would say 80% of my rides are dry.
  20. +1. 8 speed components are cheaper, too. I have...

    +1. 8 speed components are cheaper, too. I have been running SRAM 8 speed chains and cassettes. I wonder if I need to stock up a bit?
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    For my daily commute I ride my 1980 Schwinn...

    For my daily commute I ride my 1980 Schwinn Voyageur that I purchased brand new. However, only the frame, stem, and seat post are original. Just now I am adding indexed bar end shifters to replace...
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    Didn't you run outdoors in the winter??? Same...

    Didn't you run outdoors in the winter??? Same thing. Just get outside and ride your bike. You might find you enjoy the challenge of having to deal with the harsher elements. If you lose a little...
  23. As others here have said the Tubus Tara is a...

    As others here have said the Tubus Tara is a relatively simple low rider front rack and simple to install. Just follow the directions. Further, for improved bike handling, it is nice to be able to...
  24. Poll: I applied framesaver to my Soma Saga frame. ...

    I applied framesaver to my Soma Saga frame. Probably more to be anal than because it is really necessary. (I have a 35 year old Schwinn Voyageur that has no rust at all). In any event, it is easy...
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    I bought an REI chair (1 lb. 10 oz.) last year...

    I bought an REI chair (1 lb. 10 oz.) last year with my year end dividend. Like OP said it is nice to sit at the end of the day if you are rough camping somewhere. On my last two week tour I debated...
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